WORDS OF THE MOTHER
reads from Sri Aurobindo's The Synthesis of Yoga, "The
Four Aids". Then a sadhak asks a question:
Q: Sweet Mother, here: "Last comes the instrumentality of Time,
Kala; for in all things there is a cycle of their action and , a
period of the divine movement " What is this period of the
For each thing it is different.
For each activity, each realisation, each movement,
there is a definite period of time, which differs. There are countless
periods of time which are entangled; but each thing is regulated by
a kind of rhythm which is this thing's own rhythm.
You see, for the facility of their outer existence,
men have divided time more or less arbitrarily into years, months, weeks,
days, hours, minutes, seconds, etc... it is a rhythm that's more or
less arbitrary, because it has been created by man, but it has in itself
a certain reality, for it corresponds to universal movements... as far
as possible. And that is why, by the way, we celebrate the birthday,
for example: because there is a certain rhythm in each one's existence
which is established by this regular return of circumstances analogous
to those in which he was born.
And all movements -when you observe them, you
become aware that they have a certain rhythm -the movements of inner
consciousness, for example, not only from the point of view of understanding
but that of personal reactions, of the ups and downs in progress; of
a fairly regular periodic return, at once of advancing and recoiling,
of difficulties and of helps. But if each person is attentive he realises
that his own rhythm is absolutely particular to him; it is not the same
rhythm as his neighbour's. But even as the ,-
follow a certain rhythm, regular enough on the whole, so the individual
life has its seasons. And when one studies oneself attentively, one
finds out that there are even certain repetitions of analogous circumstances
at regular intervals. Even, very sensitive people become aware that
there are certain days of the week or certain hours of the day when
they can do things more easily. Some of them have particular difficulties
on particular days and at particular hours; some on the contrary have
better inspirations at particular moments -but every one has to find
this out in himself by observation. Naturally it is far from being absolute,
it is not strict, and if it is troublesome, it can be eliminated very
easily simply by a little effort of resolute will. But if it helps,
one can make use of it.
And all this,
each thing having its own rhythm, well, it .
makes an extremely complicated criss-crossing of rhythms, which results
in what we see: something which seems to have none -because it
is too complicated, it is too complex.
a: How can we make use of it, Sweet
Well, if... let us say, you know... we are speaking of ," yoga...
if you observe in yourself a certain repetition of conditions, for example,
that at a particular hour, a certain time of day, in certain circumstances,
it is easier for you to concentrate or meditate, well, you make use
of that by doing it at that time.
must not become its slave; one can use it but it must not become a necessity
so that if the hour has gone by one can't meditate then. But if it is
a good help, one uses the help; it's all a matter of observation.
If you study yourself
you can become aware that in the year certain periods come due not only
to personal condi- tions but more general ones -conditions of Nature
in general. There are times when you meet more difficulties in
sadhana; there are times, on the contrary, when you feell in yourself
a greater push for the growth of knowledge and consciousness. This helps
you in the sense that, if at a given time you find yourself in the midst
of special difficulties or something that seems like a stoppage, instead
of lamenting you tell yourself, "Why, it's the usual time; it's
because we are at this particular time of the year." And you wait
with patience for the time to pass; or do what you can, but without
being discouraged and saying, "Ah, look, I am not getting on, I
am not making any progress." It helps you to be reasonable.
naturally one can take one more step, and take precautions in such away...
inner precautions to be independent of these external influences. But
this comes much later, when one begins to be the conscious master of
one's sadhana. That comes afterwards.